When it comes to messengers, WhatsApp is the most popular in the group, but with over 400 million users, Telegram is up there too. The tool is well known for focusing a lot on privacy, more than WhatsApp, Signal or Facebook Messenger.
Telegram Messenger Privacy and Security Tips
While we can say for sure that Telegram is focused on privacy from the start, there are ways to improve that, and with this article we are going to teach you how to do it.
Now, if at first you thought it wasn’t easy, don’t worry, because Telegram facilitates privacy-related changes, and there’s no reason to restart the app to start the changes.
- Access Privacy and Security
- Add a local password
- Enable two-step verification
- Change what your contacts see
- Delete your Telegram account.
Let’s talk about it in more detail.
1]Access Privacy and Security
OK, the first thing you’ll want to do is open the Telegram app from your Windows 10 computer, then click on the hamburger menu, and from there, and click Settings. After that go to the section that reads, Privacy and Security.
Click on the Privacy and Security The option will highlight a section with several options to choose from, designed to protect your privacy when using Telegram.
2]Add a local password
Unlike the WhatsApp tool, users can add a password required to access Telegram each time the user opens it.
Under the section that says Local access code, please select the choice to add a password. After that, the user can decide whether to disable it or not. In addition, people can have the application lock automatically after a certain time.
As it is, when this feature is activated, the application locks itself unused between 1 minute and 5 hours.
3]Enable two-step verification
Two-step verification is very important, especially if you use Telegram regularly and on multiple devices.
In order to enable two-step verification, we suggest that you return to the Privacy & Security section via the Settings area as explained above, then scroll down until you meet two-step verification.
Click on Activate two-step verification, and from there add a password and finish by pressing the Save button and that’s it.
4]Change what your contacts see
OK, so if you don’t want your contacts to know everything you do on Telegram, changes can be made to the app to determine what is displayed.
To make the changes, go back to the Privacy & Security area again, then go to Privacy, and below, you should see a lot that you can change. For example, you can block users, decide who sees your phone number, your profile picture, and your last login.
You can also define who can establish contact via forwarded calls and messages. Take your time and adapt these parameters as you wish and everything will be fine.
5]Delete your Telegram account
Now there is an interesting feature in Telegram where users can have their accounts deleted automatically after being away from the program for a while. From what we can tell, the tool can be deleted after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year.
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